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Reviving Dried Out Pens

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When your marker stops working, there may be a way to get the ink flowing again. This guide is about reviving dried out pens.
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November 9, 2011

For ink pens that won't write; place the pens upside down in a cup of hot water until the water cools off. Wipe dry and use.

Source: My husband does this and it works very well.

By Monica from Cortez, CO

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March 26, 20171 found this helpful

Sometimes there is plenty of ink left, but the marker tip has dried out. This is a guide about reviving dried up markers.

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This is a guide about reviving ball point pens. One way to get the ink flowing in a clogged ball point pen is to apply heat to the tip. Here is some information to try before you throw that pen away.

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General consensus seems to be that the best way to jumpstart a gel glitter pen is to bounce the tip on a hard surface. Shaking it can also get the pen working. This is a guide about a new gel glitter pen not working.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to refresh dried out marking pens? I have a rather new set and have found that most of them aren't any good. is there any way to salvage them? Thank you!

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By Lisa (Guest Post)
January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Whenever I run into this problem I take a small cup and fill it with hot tap water. Then remove the caps and place them into the hot water (tip down) for anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute. After dabbing the water off with paper towel, the markers should be as good as new!

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Whenever I run into this problem I take a small cup and fill it with hot tap water. Then remove the caps and place them into the hot water (tip down) for anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute. After dabbing the water off with paper towel, the markers should be as good as new!

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By DEE (Guest Post)
January 21, 20050 found this helpful

I HAVE OFTEN SOAKED THE TIPS SOME IN WATER UNTIL THE TIPS ABSORB A GOOD AMOUNT OF WATER. THEN STORE THEM IN A GOOD ZIPLOC BAG.

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WHEN YOU BUY MARKERS IT'S EST TO STORE THEM IN ANY TYPE SEALING BAG. THEY WILL LAST LONGER AND CAN BE REFRESHED.

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February 7, 2013

I was given at least 100 of these triangular high-light markers where most of the three colors: pink, green, and yellow, don't work. I've tried hydrating some of them, but it doesn't work too well. I hate to throw them all away. Any ideas how to use them ?

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November 28, 2009

My fabric pens dried out. Has anyone successfully rejuvenated their's?

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